The Perks of Being Undecided
Hello future Wildcats!
Being undecided, what does it mean? Well coming from someone who came to the University undecided, it means that you have not yet chosen a major and are ready to explore over 270 (majors and minors) potential topics. In order to do that, you can begin your journey at the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science.
Being undecided comes with lots of myths. Students may be asking themselves: am I at a disadvantage if I come in undecided? Actually, no! You may be in a better place than students who do attend the University that come in with a definitive major selected. In fact, you have the opportunity to take the first couple of years and take our general education courses to figure out exactly what it is that you are interested in and how your skill sets apply to those interests. Students may also feel anxious and nervous when they come to a university as undecided. At the University of Arizona, more than half of the incoming students within the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences are undecided so there are plenty of others who are feeling the same way.
Students also think that their major decides what career they will go into when they get out of college. This is not true; students have the potential to major in anything they want to gain knowledge about. In fact, the number one major going into medical school from the University of Arizona is actually English! College is about an outbreak of opportunities for students to learn about topics that interest them. Yes, some students do want to study what they want to do in the world but students should not feel pressured to major in what they might want to do in life. Some students also feel like their parents and friends should be happy with the major their student chooses. While parents and friends play a large role in the decision of their student’s major, the major is up to the you and you are attending college and we want students to feel comfortable and happy with the courses they are taking within the major they decide to pursue.
As an undecided student, there is no need to worry or have feelings of anxiousness. I want you to remember not to freak out, because other people may have the same questions as you and are 100% in the exact same boat as yourself.
Some students opt to take the first year or two of college to take General Education courses as well as talk with CLAS advisors or advisors from other colleges to get a feel for what that potential college entails. You can set up appointments with them through their college webpage, http://advising.arizona.edu, as well as calling the particular college’s phone number and setting up an appointment that way. Advisors will help you lay out a four-year plan containing the potential courses you would be taking as well as finding ways to incorporate your interests into their major. Career counselors are available to make appointments with in order to help a student find their strengths, weaknesses as well as their interests. You can set up appointments here: https://career.arizona.edu. You can also take Major Exploration courses at UA, which allow you to take personality tests and other instruments to help identify your strengths and weaknesses and potential ability to succeed in an area of study.
Remember, being undecided is not bad. With over 100 majors to choose from (check them all out at degreesearch.arizona.edu), you have the opportunity to explore your unlimited potential here at the University of Arizona. Relax, take a deep breath and make your mark here in Tucson.
Wishing you nothing but success!
All the best!